» 11/24/2007, 00.00
Pope urges 23 new Cardinals to be “servants” of love
In the solemn ceremony held in St Peter’s basilica, Benedict XVI recalls the sufferance of Christians in the Middle East and in particular in Iraq. With the “creation” of new prelates that College of Cardinals now counts 201 cardinals, 120 of whom are cardinal “electors”, that is they could elect a new pope.
17/10/2007 IRAQ – VATICAN
An honour for Patriarch Delly and the persecuted Church in Iraq
First comments are expressed after the Patriarch of Baghdad is appointed cardinal. “It is a sign of the Pope’s paternal feelings towards the Iraqi people.”
In Iraq Christians want to rebuild the nation together with their “Muslim brothers”
P. Saad Hanna Sirop, one of the first Chaldean priests to have been abducted in Baghdad and ex director of the Babel College, reiterates that the persecution underway in Iraq is not exclusive to Christians, but also targets Shiites and Sunnis. The priest’s observations come in the wake of the Chaldean Churches unanimous rejection of the Nineveh Plains project. There is a need to avoid sectarian and divisive declarations, and to promote “universal action for the common good of the country, which is the patrimony of all humanity”.
02/04/2006 IRAQ - VATICAN
Chaldean patriarch thanks pope for sharing Iraq's "anguish and suffering"
Emmanuel Delly, Chaldean patriarch, thanked Benedict XVI for supporting two days of prayer and fasting for peace and security in Iraq. The country's Muslims have also joined in the appeal. Hundreds of people are killed every day across Iraq.
Archbishop of Kirkuk says bombs will not kill hope or stop dialogue
Following yesterday’s two attacks against the Chaldean cathedral and a Syro-Orthodox Church, Msgr. Sako speaks of a “political message aimed at Christians” and guarantees that “our commitment to building peaceful coexistence will not stop”. Appeal to the faithful of the world: we will not give in but we need your prayers.
After Najaf: Christians and Muslims can live together
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